Resources for Eco Friendly Commuting, Driving & Cars

Essentially you can achieve two things at once by going green; be more environmentally friendly and save money. Obviously the level of greenness will depend on many factors. The best solution would be to avoid driving private vehicles whenever possible and use public transport facilities and other goods and passenger transport alternatives. However, this may not be desirable or practical at times. Then, people try to find fuel-efficient cars to reduce their footprint and its effect on their wallets.

Cars are the number one culprits to greenhouse gas emission. And there are as many vehicles as people in the USA. We face a scary picture when the obvious effects of burning fossil fuels multiplied with the sheer number of automobiles. Every little helps in reducing the damages. Here are some of the solutions;

environmentally kind travelling

  1. Using public transport more often, walking, cycling, biking, carpooling and telecommuting. Reducing private auto usage reduces the greenhouse gas emission, simple.
  2. Improving car fuel efficiency is another simple solution that doesn’t require big lifestyle changes. But it can make a huge difference for the earth when everyone does their best. You drive the same car and do similar mileage but spend less petrol, thereby spending less money and helping the mother earth.
  3. Buying green vehicles to ensure a lower carbon footprint. Today, all sorts of vehicles from busses to waste collection trucks as well as automobiles have greener alternatives. And the level of greenness depends on the choice of vehicle.

Here are some of the online resources for each of the solutions to check and learn from;

Resources for Commuting without Driving

Unfortunately, availability of public transport isn’t equally spread across the US or world. It is easy to find a bus or subway station nearby in New York, London, Paris and many other cosmopolitan cities. However, they get less frequent as you move away from cities. Then, other alternatives like carpooling, biking, telecommuting and arranging private group transportation for employees may be required.

Benefits of Alternative Transportation Choices

The Environmental Benefits of Public Transportation

Gateway to Public Transportation Links

Public Transportation Information and Availabilities

Find Nearby Public Transport Providers (Employers & Commuters)

Benefits of Alternative Commuting Programs for Businesses

Telecommuting/Telework Information

Bike Commuting Tips

National Center for Bicycling & walking Links

Free Carpool Matching Website

Tips for Carpooling Success

Amtrak Train Routs and Times

Commuting Cost Calculator

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Car Fuel Efficiency Resources

There are ways of reducing your fuel consumption when you are driving. If you must drive or like to drive then you can still be greener by making a few adjustments to how you drive and maintain your automobile. In other words, you can still enjoy your car but burn less petrol. These small adjustments will have huge environmental and cost saving benefits if many motorists follow it. Even overall 1% fuel reduction will be significant considering that there are more than one billion cars in the world.

Driving More Efficiently: Fuel Economy Tips

How to Reduce Cost of Motoring

Eco Driving Advice and Possible Savings

Find and Compare Cars by Gas Mileage (MPG)

Green Vehicles

Of course, the best solution is choosing the most eco friendly and economical automobile if you prefer driving to taking public transport. Probably, only few people choose cars purely based on their environmental impact and fuel costs. Most people would need to find a good balance between attractiveness, costs and greenness. For example, fuel cost reductions may not be sufficient to cover the additional purchase cost people have to pay for some hybrid cars. You should do your research into environmental impact and cost savings and test drive to make sure you like it. The idea is to get the most suitable car in your circumstances and still reduce your carbon footprint.

EPA Green Vehicle Guide

Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Data Center

Vehicle Environmental Impact & Fuel Cost Comparison Tool

Most and Least Efficient Vehicles

Hybrid or Electric Car Buying Guide

Green Automobile Buying Guide

Choice of Fuel Efficient Ford Cars

Learning Resources for Kids

It is parents’ and teachers’ duty to educate kids about our eco system. Below are resources for children looking to learn about living green and eco-friendly forms of transportation.

Safety Tips for Children Walking/Biking to School

How Can We Limit Our Carbon Footprint?

Games from Environmental Protection Agency

Teaching Resources about Environment

Most scientists agree and researches conclude that greenhouse gases contribute to global climate change, triggering droughts, forest fires, heat waves and melting of ice. Although cars are handy, there are other green alternatives to driving that will slow down disastrous effects on the planet. Use these resources to learn more about eco-friendly transport options.

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